Today the ladies of Soul Sisters start a Spiritual Warfare Study. So what exactly is Spiritual Warfare? It is an invisible war. A war that all of us are engaged in! Its a war where no one wears a uniform, but where everyone is a target. There is no neutral ground!
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12)
First, we must understand that man exists in two worlds: The natural world and the spiritual world. The natural world is that which can be seen, felt, touched, heard, or tasted. It is tangible and visible. You see the people who are part of your environment. You can communicate with them. You can experience the sights, sounds, and smells around you.
But there is another world in which you live. That world is a spiritual world. You cannot see it with your physical eyes, but it is just as real as the natural world in which you live.
Because spiritual warfare is just that–spiritual–it must be understood with a spiritual mind. In our natural, sinful state, we can not understand spiritual things:
It is necessary to use “spiritual discernment” to understand spiritual things.
Heres great example of natural and spiritual discernment
In II Kings chapter 6. It records the story of a natural battle in which troops of an enemy nation of Syria had surrounded a small town called Dothan. Elisha, who was a prophet stayed there.. When Elisha’s servant, Gehazi, saw the great host of the enemy he became fearful!
Elisha prayed that God would open Gehazi’s spiritual eyes so he could see the angelic hosts surrounding and protecting them. On this occasion, God actually opened the natural eyes of Gehazi and allowed him to visibly see the superior forces of God aligned for battle! His spiritual eye was opened and he begin to see into the spiritual realm
This is very similar to what often occurs in our lives. Many churches do not even approach the topic of spiritual warfare. For some its scary, some just refuse to acknowledge that it even exists and well some, just don’t know about it
So sadly, there are many people who, like those in the city of Dothan, are spiritually sleeping. They do not even know that the enemy has surrounded them and is poised for attack!
Within the natural and spiritual realms of which we are speaking there exists separate kingdoms which are ruled by natural and spiritual leaders.
All men live in a natural kingdom of this world. They live in a city or village which is part of a nation. That nation is a kingdom of the world. A natural kingdom is a territory or people over which an actual king or political leader is the sovereign ruler. The Bible speaks of these natural kingdoms as “kingdoms of the world.” The kingdoms of the world have come under the power and influence of Satan:
John 5:19 sadly reminds us that “the whole world is under the control of the evil one.”
In addition to the natural kingdoms of this world there are two spiritual kingdoms: The Kingdom of Satan and the Kingdom Of God. Every person alive is a resident of one of these two kingdoms.
The Kingdom of Satan consists of Satan, spiritual beings called demons, and all men who live in sin and rebellion to God’s Word. These, plus the world and the flesh, are the spiritual forces of evil at work in the world today.
The Kingdom of God consists of God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, spiritual beings called angels, and all men who live in righteous obedience to God’s Word. These are the spiritual forces of good.
Spiritual warfare is not a natural battle between flesh and blood. It is not a battle of man against man. It is not a visible battle. It is an invisible struggle in the spirit world. It is a battle within and around man.
So where exactly is it being waged? This invisible war is being waged on earth!
The thief (Satan) cometh (on earth) not but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)
Satan fights to maintain control of the kingdoms of the world. He does not want them to come under God’s authority. The battle also rages within the hearts, minds, and souls of men and women. Satan blinds the minds of unbelievers and attacks believers in the areas of worship, the Word, their daily walk, and their work for God.
Many folks think if you ignore satan, he wont bother you…that is so far from the truth! You cant view it from a distant, you cant decide to sit it out
You are either a victim or victor. The spiritual “call to arms” is going out…Are you on the side of good or of evil? Are you part of Satan’s Kingdom or the Kingdom of God? To which kingdom do you belong? Are you a victim or a victor in the invisible war?
I’m interested in knowing what understanding you have of Spiritual Warfare. Does your place of worship teach on it? What understanding do you have? Share your thoughts!